Samantha Eaton steps up to run Boston Marathon to continue a tradition of friendship

Samantha Eaton with a bouquet of flowers after finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2014

Samantha Eaton is running the Boston Marathon so "Perkins can continue to provide wonderful services and resources to families."

April 13, 2015

Samantha Eaton is running the Boston Marathon® to continue a tradition.

Eaton is one of five runners on the Perkins charity team who will pound the pavement from Hopkinton to Boston on April 20 to raise over $25,000 for people who are blind or visually impaired. Eaton plans to raise $6,000.

Eaton will run the marathon to replace Tom, a family friend who had previously run the Boston Marathon for his daughter, Ali, a former student at Perkins School for the Blind. When Tom didn’t run this year, Eaton decided to step up and take his place.

“I’d love to be a part of this team and take over the tradition Tom started,” she said. “I’ve known Ali since elementary school and throughout the years witnessed the influence Perkins had on her development and life skills. With the wonderful services provided by the school, Ali has grown into an intelligent, cheerful and vibrant person!”

Eaton lives in Reading, Massachusetts, and is a senior benefits associate at MFS Investment Management.

Eaton stays active with CrossFit workouts and yoga, and she ran her first marathon in Chicago last year. “It was the best experience, but the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “It proved I could do anything I set my mind to – which is why I started running in the first place.”

Eaton said that by running the marathon, she’ll help ensure Perkins can continue to change the lives of students like Ali and parents like Tom.

“I’m running to help raise funds so that Perkins can continue to provide wonderful services and resources to families,” she said. “It would be a huge honor to run for the Perkins team.”

To support Eaton’s Boston Marathon run and make a donation to Perkins, visit her secure fundraising page. All donations will fund Perkins’ on-campus, regional and international programs for children and adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

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